Marine Research Student Colloquium

2023 Colloquium: Thursday and Friday, October 19th and 20th

Keynote Speaker 

Dr. Jacqueline Padilla-Gamiño

 Dr. Padilla-Gamiño

Dr. Padilla-Gamiño is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. Dr. Padilla-Gamiño studies algae and marine invertebrates' ecophysiology and reproductive biology in a changing environment. By combining field and laboratory techniques, she examines the effects of climate change and marine pollution on coastal ecosystems. She received the NSF CAREER and the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in Ocean Sciences in recognition of her distinguished performance and unique potential to contribute substantially to the field. She graduated from Universidad Autónoma de Baja California with a BS in Oceanography. Padilla-Gamiño completed an MS in Biology at California State University Northridge, a PhD in Oceanography at the University of Hawaii, and a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California Santa Barbara. She is interested in science communication and community engagement and is the author of the bilingual children’s book ‘Kupe and the Corals’ which has been translated into five languages.

Why sex is important for ocean solutions in a changing climate

Sexual reproduction is a fundamental process necessary for species persistence, evolution, and diversity. However, unprecedented ocean change due to climate and anthropogenic effects can impact physiological processes with important implications for growth and the ability to reproduce. I will discuss the effects of temperature on marine organisms and provide important recommendations for future research to better understand how reproduction will be affected in the context of a rapidly changing environment. Since models often consider the “reproductive parameter” as a “black box” and/or often overestimate it, I seek avenues to include reproduction in designing and developing better tools to project future ecological trends in response to global change.  

Event Sponsors



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Colloquium Keynote Speakers to date

The Marine Research Student Colloquium of the Graduate Program in Marine Biology (GPMB) was established in 1998, to increase awareness of research activities by students and faculty affiliated with GPMB; to provide graduate students with experience in making scientific presentations; and to promote interactions among faculty and students conducting research in marine biology.

The following distinguished researchers joined us as keynote speakers in previous years:

2022       Dr. Jeremy A. GoldbogenHopkins Marine Station of Stanford University 

2021       Dr. Brian Bowen, Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa  

2020       Cancelled - COVID  

2019       Dr. Sheila N. Patek, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, Duke University    

2018       Dr. Sandra Brooke, Florida State University

2017       Dr. Billie Swalla, University of Washington

2016       Dr. David Hastings, Eckerd College

2015       Dr. Daniel Huber, University of Tampa

2014       Dr. Dean Grubbs, Florida State University & Coastal Marine Laboratory

2013       Dr. Felicia Coleman, Florida State University & Coastal Marine Laboratory

2012       Dr. Thomas Near, Yale University

2011       Dr. John Bruno, University of North Carolina

2010       Dr. Win Watson, University of New Hampshire

2009       Dr. Erik Sotka, CofC & Dr. Geoff Scott, Hollings Marine Laboratory

2009       Dr. Steve Palumbi, Hopkins Marine Station & Stanford University

2008       Dr. James T. Carlton, Williams College & Williams-Mystic Program

2007       Dr. Peter Wainwright, University of California, Davis

2006       Dr. Jeffrey Levinton, State University of New York at Stony Brook

2005       Dr. Margaret McFall-Ngai, University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School

2004       Dr. Malcolm Shick, School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine

2003       Dr. Walter Boynton, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, Univ. of Maryland

2002       Dr. Larry Crowder, Duke Marine Laboratory, Duke University

2001       Dr. Lauren Mullineaux, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

2000       Dr. John Pearse, Institute of Marine Science, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz

1999       Dr. Ken Tenore, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland